There were some great crime & mystery books published this year. We’ve rounded up our top fifteen. What are yours?
FaceOff by David Baldacci, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, and Lisa Gardner
To start off our list of the best crime and mystery books of 2014, we thought we’d mention this great collaboration from many of your favorite authors! Faceoff includes eleven stories in which your favorite characters like Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme are up against each other. Read to see how it all ends—with great stories by Lee Child, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Lisa Gardner and more.
The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series #15) by Alexander McCall Smith
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is back and this time they’re helping a woman figure out her own identity, as she has no recollection of coming to Botswana. The fast-paced detective novel also visits characters like Mme Makutsias and her new enterprise: the Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café. This book is perfect for mystery lovers and fans of the series.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
The second novel in Robert Galbraith’s latest series, Cormoran Strike is back on the trail when a novelist goes missing. When Strike uncovers that the novelist has just finished writing a manuscript that would ruin the lives of many, he becomes increasingly suspicious. If you haven’t read Galbraith’s (aka J.K. Rowling’s) Cormoran Strike series—it should definitely be on your list.
The Cinderella Murder (Under Suspicion Series #1) by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
Laurie Moran’s new show TV series Under Suspicion is an instant hit! The series revisits unsolved cold cases and solved one in the first episode. The next case to feature is the Cinderella Murder of UCLA student Susan Dempsey who was found murdered with one shoe missing. With the help of lawyer Alex Buckley, Laurie dives into a world that includes Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires as suspects.
Flesh and Blood (Kay Scarpetta Series #22) by Patricia Cornwell
The 22nd Scarpetta novel meets up with Kay on her birthday as she’s about the head off to Miami on vacation with her husband. After finding pennies on the back of her house, she gets a call that there was a murder five minutes away. The novel follows a serial killer who leaves nothing but copper fragments behind. The victims have nothing in common and there is no pattern leading them to where the killer may strike next.
Betrayed (Rosato & Associates Series #13) by Lisa Scottoline
After the housekeeper and best friend of lawyer Judy Maverick’s Aunt Barb is found dead, she suspects foul play. Having to put aside her personal work and life issues to focus on the murder, the thirteenth installment of the Rosato & Associates Series touches close to home. Check out our interview with Lisa Scottoline here!
Burn (Michael Bennett Series #7) by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
After the crime lord who forced Michael Bennett and his family into hiding is brought down, they are able to return to New York City. The day following Bennett receiving a bizarre call about well-dressed men holding a party in a condemned building, a charred body is found there—forcing Bennett to take the strange caller seriously.
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Being A Jane Austen Mystery Series #12) by Stephanie Barron
As Jane Austen celebrates the twelve days of Christmas with her friends and family, one of the guests dies in a tragic accident—leading Jane to suspect murder. She knows that if it was murder, it must be someone at the holiday party. This exciting new Jane Austen Mystery will keep readers seeking out clues.
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Britt Pheiffer is a skilled backpacker who is thrown off when her ex-boyfriend wants to join her to backpack the Teton Range. Before she can decide what to think about this, a blizzard hits and she is forced to seek shelter in a cabin with two men who are fugitives and take her captive. As she guides them down the mountain, she finds evidence of murders that may make her the next target.
Revival by Stephen King
King’s latest thriller is said to have “the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written”. Revival centers on a small New England town, Jamie Morton, and a Reverend who curses God when tragedy strikes his family. The Reverend and Jamie meet later in life—causing Jamie to learn there are multiple meanings of revival.
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
John Grisham’s latest legal thriller follows a young woman who is placed in the middle of a small town secret. Samantha Kofer has been fired from her NYC law firm when she is offered the opportunity to get her job back by volunteering at a legal aid clinic. In Brady, Virginia she enters the dangerous world of coal mining and learns that sometimes litigation can turn deadly.
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Bill Hodges comes out of retirement to catch an unknown killer who drove through a crowd of people in his Mercedes, killing eight and injuring fifteen. Hodges must catch the killer before he can strike again.
The Burning Room (A Harry Bosch Novel) by Michael Connelly
When a shooting victim dies ten years after the incident, Detective Harry Bosch and Detective Lucia Soto (with no experience) must determine what happened ten years prior. Pulling new leads from old evidence, they realize that it was not a random shooting. Their investigation leads to another unsolved case with very high stakes.
My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
Tracy spent twenty years questioning the disappearance of her sister, Sarah, and the conviction of Edmund House—a convicted rapist. Joining the Seattle PD to dedicate her life to this mystery, Tracy gets her chance to find out what really happened to Sarah when her body is discovered near their hometown in the Cascade Mountains.
Windigo Island: A Novel (Cork O’Connor Mystery Series) by William Kent Krueger
The body of an Ojibwe girl washes up on an island on Lake Superior, leading the residents of the Bad Bluff reservation to believe it was the work of the mythical creature Windigo or the spirit Michi Peshu. The girl disappeared with her friend Mariah a year ago. Her family asks for detective O’Connor’s help—leading him to investigate a possibly trail involving sex trafficking.